Meaning of CIVIL in English

CIVIL

/ ˈsɪvl; NAmE / adjective

1.

[ only before noun ] connected with the people who live in a country :

civil unrest (= that is caused by groups of people within a country)

—see also civil war

2.

[ only before noun ] connected with the state rather than with religion or with the armed forces :

a civil marriage ceremony

3.

[ only before noun ] involving personal legal matters and not criminal law :

a civil court

—compare criminal

—see also civil law

4.

polite in a formal way but possibly not friendly

OPP uncivil

►  civ·il·ly / ˈsɪvəli; NAmE / adverb :

She greeted him civilly but with no sign of affection.

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WORD ORIGIN

late Middle English : via Old French from Latin civilis , from civis citizen.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.